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W Cape politicians await final results

2014-05-08 20:55
(Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

Cape Town - Western Cape politicians waited for results from the final few voting stations in the province on Thursday night.

The Democratic Alliance was set to retain the province with a majority after more than 90% of the votes were captured by the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) at the provincial results centre in Bellville-South.

DA deputy provincial leader Theuns Botha said the growth in DA votes was not unexpected.

"I think that if we end up eventually with a 10% growth it will be excellent," Botha said.

In 2009, the DA became the first party to win an outright majority in the province by garnering 51% of the vote.

By 20:00 the party had around 59% of the vote.

"We going to take the lead and the advantage and the win and work with it," Botha said.

"For me the important thing was that in 2009 the voters gave us a mandate and we implemented our plans and they judged us now, and they say 'carry on with what you are doing', so for me that's work in progress."

The DA predicted it would occupy around 25 to 27 seats in the 42-seat Western Cape legislature.

The African National Congress was comfortable with its progress. Although it would not govern the province, it was happy with the growth in support - going as far as calling it a re-awakening of the ANC in the Western Cape.

"We have done more than other people expected," the party's provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said.

"In 2009 we got something like 487 000 votes and now we are already sitting close to 650 000 which represents to us a serious growth of the ANC."

The party's growth came from increased support in rural areas, with a marginal surge in the metropole.

"We also note that as the ANC grew the DA grew, which meant that it wiped out all the smaller parties and indicates to us the DA has reached its ceiling in this province," Mjongile said.

The Economic Freedom Fighters drew support from two percent of the province's voting public.

"We would have been happy with a little bit more votes, but we'll take what we can get," EFF Western Cape leader Nazier Paulsen said.

"We had a lot of support, but we [are] just disappointed that that support did not results in more votes, but we are also happy that we have laid a foundation going forward."

Results from around 100 voting stations were still outstanding on Thursday night.

- SAPA
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